An overland is a type of "roadtrip", where the key attraction is not only each destination, but also the adventure along the way. We head through the remote, pristine parts of Patagonia that most people simply fly over. This 16-day Odyssey through southern Chile and Argentina is your best way to experience this extreme corner of the planet up close and personal, to get Patagonia under your skin.
After breakfast provided by our hotel or lodge, we will head out in our extremely comfortable Sprinter van for our new daily adventure. Most of the morning will be spent driving through a unique landscape, learning about the history and culture of each area, and making plenty of stops for taking photos and stretching our legs. We will have lunch either on the road or at a local restaurant before arriving at our destination for the day. Here, we will either have a scheduled activity or you will have free time to explore on your own before we meet for dinner, to share stories, and to discuss the plan for the following day.
Age range, type of group
This tour is for lovers of nature, history, culture, photography, flora and fauna. It is for those who enjoy sharing this untamed land with like-minded people, who pack along their sense of wonder and their sense of humor. It requires that you be flexible and flow with the tour, so you can create your own Patagonian experience. As one recent client put it, this trip is for people with an "Interest in nature, with all its glories and inconveniences. Interest in a different culture, history, and places. A sense of adventure and excitement over the unexpected. Willingness to leave the internet and the modern world for 16 days." It is not an active trip, but we will have plenty of opportunities for hiking, walking, horseback riding and boat rides, among others.This tour is open to all ages, but in general our overland travelers have averaged between 45-75 years old.
Sleeping and meals
First of all, there is no camping. The hotels we use on our hosted overland tours vary between 3 and 5-star. Since these tours will take us through some pretty remote locations, the level of accommodations obviously depends on the destination, but we usually stay in the nicest place in the area. Just like you, we also want a hot shower and a comfortable bed at the end of an adventurous day! Following are the current hotels and lodges we use on our Patagonian Odyssey tour:
Puerto Varas, Chile (2 nights) - Hotel Cumbres
Caleta Gonzalo, Chile (2 nights) - Caleta Gonzalo Cabins
La Junta, Chile (1 night) - Espacio y Tiempo Lodge
Puyuhuapi, Chile (1 night) - Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa
Coyhaique, Chile (1 night) - Hotel El Reloj
Puerto Guadal, Chile (1 night) - Terra Luna Lodge
Lago Posada, Argentina (1 night) - La Posada Inn
El Chalten, Argentina (1 night) - Hosteria Kaulem
El Calafate, Argentina (2 nights) - Hotel Quijote
Torres del Paine, Chile (2 nights) - Cerro Guido Estancia
Puerto Natales, Chile (1 night) - Hotel Indigo
Tour is US$4,990 per person based on double occupancy, and includes all of the following:
- Internal airfare from Santiago (Santiago - Puerto Montt / Puerto Natales - Santiago)
- All meals, snacks, bottled water throughout tour
- Bilingual Tour Hosts (the owners of the business)
- Lodging with breakfasts and private bathroom
- Daily activities (easy trekking, boat rides, walking, etc.)
- Park Entry fees